In Virginia, more than 3.1 million households are food insecure, meaning they do not have reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food.
Virginia Cooperative Extension is working to alleviate food insecurity through its Family Nutrition Program Food Access and Availability Initiative. The project focuses on increasing access to local food systems, especially through farmers markets and gardening projects.
“We want to raise awareness that SNAP benefits, or food stamps, can be redeemed at many farmers markets around the commonwealth. We also want to support markets in outreach and educational efforts for SNAP participants,” said Meredith Ledlie Johnson, a project associate for the Family Nutrition Program who manages the Food Security Project.